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Autoimmune Disorder May Be Linked With Some Cases of Postpartum Psychosis

Previous studies have found that some women who develop psychosis during the postpartum period undergo significant changes in their immune systems. A new study published in AJP in Advance now finds autoimmune encephalitis may underlie about 4% of postpartum psychosis cases and suggests that autoantibody screening should be considered as part of the diagnosis. Antibody screenings were performed on 96 women who developed postpartum psychosis and 64 healthy postpartum women. Four of the patients with psychosis tested positive for neuronal cell surface antibodies suggestive for encephalitis—two of these patients were...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 20 July, 2015

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